Now that school is in full swing for all area students from preschool to college, its time to talk about a serious topic: childhood obesity.  September is Childhood Obesity Awareness month.  Currently, West Virginia ranks 15th in the nation with approximately 33.6 percent of the child population being obese.

Childhood obesity leads to several adulthood illnesses, including but not limited to:

  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Sleep apnea
  • Asthma
  • Depression
  • Decreased life span

Education is crucial to the treatment and prevention of this illness. I therefore encourage all parents and teachers, as well as child care providers, to check out some of these websites for further tips and information regarding childhood obesity.

MVA is here to help, too. If you have concerns about your child’s weight, please feel free to make an appointment with an MVA family medicine or pediatric provider.


Krista Flesher, FNP-BC

Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner
MVA Health Center – Shinnston